UVI Names Suite in Honor of Donor Neil Weiss, Weiss Pledges Additional Support to UVI
The University of the Virgin Islands formally dedicated the "Neil
Weiss Education and Seminar Suite" named in honor of Neil Weiss,
who donated $250,000 toward the construction of the institution's
newest student resident facility - West Hall. Weiss, a career
entrepreneur and business man, owned and operated several
successful businesses in the territory. The "Neil Weiss Education
and Seminar Suite" is a state-of-the-art learning suite located
directly in a residence hall - a first-time manifestation at UVI.
The suite is equipped with seating for 40, video conference
technology connecting to St. Croix and St. John, high definition
projectors, microphones and speakers.
At a ceremony held in West
Hall on Nov. 13, UVI President Dr. David Hall thanked Weiss for his
donation, and said that the seminar suite will serve as a model at
UVI. "Part of our mission is to provide the best learning
environments for our students," Dr. Hall said, noting the suite's
cutting-edge technology. "This is the type of technology we want to
see in all of our classrooms," Dr. Hall continued. "Your gift Mr.
Weiss, allows us to embrace that standard, not just in our hopes or
in our minds, but in reality," Dr. Hall added. "This is a step
towards our pathways to greatness."
After unveiling a plaque at the suite's entrance, Weiss said he
supports education because of its power to level the playing field
for everyone. "It has been my contention that only through
education can we achieve equality," Weiss said. During his remarks,
Weiss announced plans to make yet another gift to UVI through his
Neil Weiss Foundation. Weiss said that it is excellent teachers who
make a difference in student-learning and turn good institutions
into great institutions. He said his foundation will donate $10,000
per year to the UVI professor whose students have the highest
UVI's Vice President for Institutional Advancement Dionne V.
Jackson thanked Weiss for his generosity, noting that he joins the
ranks of philanthropist who have given substantially to UVI, such
as Henry Reichhold and Kiril Sokoloff.
For more information about making a gift to UVI, call Dionne V.
Jackson at (340) 693-1040.